Looking first at the design and build quality of the Razer Naga 2012 we have a mouse which is similar in many ways to the original. It suits a palm grip and the contoured surface feels good in the hand. A decent weight means that the mouse feels stable and the low friction feet work well, especially on our hard gaming pad. We prefer the back/forward switch placement now, although the button closest to the palm is a bit of a stretch back and the new textured surface is less prone to fingerprint marks while offering decent grip and an experience which is significantly different to the other Nagas (that said our personal preference is still the soft touch coating… but everyone is different). Further enhancing the design over the original are the side grips which ensure a comfortable fit for pretty much everyone.
The key design aspect on this mouse is the buttons on the left and overall the thumb pad is large enough to make it easy to identify and click each button and it is also compact enough that we don’t have the move our hand to reach each button. It is also great to see that Razer hasn’t forgotten about performance when focusing on the MMO aspects of this product. The use of a high specification laser sensor ensures it also performs well in desktop use and general gaming.
NOTE: We are aware of some users finding their number buttons did not work, on our sample they worked, all of the time with the latest Synapse installed.
On the software front Synapse 2.0 continues to impress. As we have noted before there will be those who don’t like the online functionality but it is responsive and intuitive which are the main aspects we look for in a control panel. The fact that it combines multiple peripherals in on interface should they be detected is an added bonus.
So that brings us to value where the Naga 2012 sits at a similar price point to the standard model so we can have no complaints there.
With the Naga 2012 Razer have improved the options available to gamers in the Naga family and it is very hard now to imagine there being a consumer who can’t find a version that suits them. From wired to wireless, soft touch to hard coating, matt to gloss, blue to green to beyond, solid sided to changeable grips, MOBA/FPS(with mechanical buttons) to MMO… even Star Wars Branded… a hugely flexible and impressive product.